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An Post Rás 2013 in Listowel and an appeal for information on Browns

A friend took this lovely photo of the cherry tree lined drive near Killarney House.


Eily Walshe from Ballybunion is looking for help with this branch of her family tree. She thinks that one of this family was a state solicitor or judge.

1.    Ellen Walshwas born
1855 in Meenanare, Duagh (twin sister of Sean Rua Walsh of Knockaclare) She
marriedDaniel Brown, son ofJohn Brown, in 1879
in Lixnaw her parish church as the family had moved to Knckaclare.  She lived in Listowel with Daniel her
husband. Daniel also had a brother Robert and I believe they were from

Children ofEllen Brown [Walsh]andDaniel Brown



Johanna Brownwas born
in 1880 in Listowel, Co Kerry and died on an unknown date.



Ann Brownwas born
in 1882 in Listowel, Co Kerry and died on an unknown date.



John Brownwas born
in 1884 in Listowel, Co Kerry and died on an unknown date.



Margaret Matilda
was born in 1886 in Listowel, Co
Kerry and died on an unknown date.



Ellen Brownwas born
in 1887 in Listowel, Co Kerry and died on an unknown date.



Edward Brownwas born
in 1889 in Listowel, Co Kerry and died on an unknown date.



Mary Gertrude
was born in 1890 in Listowel, Co
Kerry and died on an unknown date.



Christina Brownwas born
in 1893 in Listowel, Co Kerry and died on an unknown date.



Daniel Joseph
was born in 1895 in Listowel, Co
Kerry and died on an unknown date.



Michael Francis
was born in 1897 in Listowel, Co
Kerry and died on an unknown date.


Today is THE day

Here are some more of the children’s posters


Digging up the streets again.

Road works in Charles St. and Upper William St.


The Listowel Military Tattoo organisers travelled to The Curragh to do a bit of research.

May day mayday

The location looks familiar but who are these motley crew?

The men are Cornelius O’Sullivan, Kieran Barry, Conor O’Donoghue, Cormac Heffernan, Pat O’Sullivan and Gerald Forde.

 Padraig Nolan took the photo to publicize the May Day high jinx in Listowel. There will be vintage everything on that weekend including a swing dance in The Listowel Arms. Vintage dress is optional.


Calling all graduates of UCC

Dr Michael B. Murphy


University College Cork

is pleased to invite graduates and friends to

A Lecture Evening & Reception

To Celebrate UCC’s Connections with County Kerry

A Great Kerry Academic & Public Man: President Alfred O’Rahilly, UCC

by Professor John A Murphy, Emeritus Professor of History, UCC


Reflections of a UCC Graduate

by Dr Denis Brosnan, Founder Kerry Group Plc

with guest of honour,

Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD,

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

from 7.30pm – 9.30pm

on Monday, 28 May 2012

in St John’s Theatre, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry

A Reception will follow the Lecture at 8.30pm

Please forward this email to any UCC graduates you know who may be interested in attending.

RSVP by 22 May 2012 (as numbers are limited.

Please include your home address)

To:   Ms Caroline Waters, Development & Alumni Office, UCC


Tel:  021 490 2040

Looks like we could be in for a good night.  

Read more about Alfred O’Rahilly here


My Cork roots are showing  bit lately!! But I have to mention this young lady. I know that people like Joanne shun the label “inspirational”.  Joanne is playing the hand she was dealt, but boy! is she playing those cards well:

“Cork teenager Joanne O’Riordan, who was born with no limbs, will travel to the United Nations in New York today to address the ITU conference.

Joanne, 15, is to give a key note speech to the International Telecommunication Union on how technology has helped her advance her life through both education and the social environment around her.

She is the only person with a disability to be invited to this exclusive conference entitled “Girls in Technology”.

Some of the world’s leading women in technology will also attend the event which Joanne hopes will empower others to realise the importance of technology in their lives.

The Irish Film Board has granted Joanne’s brother Steven O’Riordan and 2000 AD Productions in Galway funding to produce a documentary charting his sister’s extraordinary life story.

The working title “No Limbs No Limits” is to highlight the positive and lasting effect on how people perceive those with disabilities in Ireland and beyond.

Mr O’Riordan’s debut film, “The Forgotten Maggies”, was a documentary charting the human rights issues surrounding the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland.”


Remember these?

Nuns in Tralee in 1952 – location unknown


“If everything you try works, you are not trying hard enough.”

This is a quote from Gordon Moore, founder of Intel. I read it today in an article from Tom McEnery. The article is  here and it is well worth reading as it contains much food for thought.

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